13 for '13: David Parry looks to pick up where he left off

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

We have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Shayne Skov and Kevin Hogan this season - but 13 less heralded Cardinal players whose ability to adjust to larger roles will determine whether Stanford is competing for a 4th straight BCS invite or settling for a spot in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.


Name: David Parry
Position: DT
Year: Senior
Ht./Wt.: 6-foot-2, 303 lbs.
Career Stats: 27 games played, three starts
Shoes to Fill:
Terrence Stephens

The Situation: Stephens' graduation to the NFL, where he's already made a name for himself and earned the respect of James Harrison by showing off his pipes on Hard Knocks, has created a hole at nose tackle. Parry, who was a reserve in the first 11 games last season and started the final three after Stephens was declared ineligible for a secondary violation of NCAA rules, will enter his senior campaign as the full-time starter.

Camp Report: The Stanford Daily reports that Parry, along with linebacker Shayne Skov, have been singled out by David Shaw as having especially strong starts to the fall. That's some pretty decent company.

What he's done: Parry played in all 13 games as a sophomore and all 14 games last year. He made his first career start in the regular season finale at UCLA and had a team-high five solo tackles, a sack and a pass deflection. Nine of Parry's 17 solo tackles last year came in his three starts, including three in the Cardinal's Rose Bowl win against Wisconsin. Parry finished the season with as many tackles for loss (3) and one more sack (2) than Stephens.

Where he came from: Parry starred on both sides of the line at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, and committed to play football as a preferred walk-on at Stanford. (He has since been awarded a scholarship.) Parry's parents were born and raised in the Bay Area and he has several aunts, uncles and cousins in the area as well. "He was a very physical player," Linn-Mar football coach Bob Forsyth told Mark Soltau. "We give out helmet stickers for good plays. I remember one game he got 10 or 11 for pancaking defensive linemen. That's the most we've ever given out."

Tweetworthy: This is so, so true.

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